Photo: Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images Last Friday, the day that Brazil’s exhaustingly extravagant Carnaval celebrations officially started, scientists here announced that the feared Zika virus had been detected in urine and saliva. They couldn’t be sure if this meant it could be spread through kissing, but the risk was high enough to warrant a recommendation that pregnant women be cautious and to merit further study. Since Carnaval often involves a lot of kissing — especially of strangers — this was terrible news. But on social networks, suddenly flooded with jokes and memes, the bad mood was undercut by the gleefully dark humor characteristic of the Brazilian web. Users posted pictures of people with condoms over their mouths or entire heads. A teacher posted the title of a fake online photo gallery she had conceived: “See all the celebrities that caught Zika this Carnaval”! A well-liked journalist reminded others that during the festivities streets are worryingly more likely to run with piss than overflow with spontaneous smooches (this is true). Zika é transmitida também pela saliva e urina. Bom carnaval! pic.twitter.com/U59jleOkMB— Frederico Carvalho (@fredericocesar) February 5, 2016 Bad news can be, oddly, good news for the Brazilian internet and its armies of online comedians…. Read full this story
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